Hey Teachers! Get to Know Me!
Students get to know each other by sharing their favorite things with one another. Plus, a first writing sample gives you an idea of each student's vocabulary level.
- Grades: 9–12
- Unit Plan:
Students get to know each other and the teacher by sharing their favorite things with one another. The Bio Poem provides you with your first writing sample and gives you an idea of each student's vocabulary level.
- Develop collegial relationships with classmates
- Create a poem about their personal values, wishes, and dreams
- Introduce two classmates to the rest of the class
1. Distribute Classmate Inventories to every student.
2. Go over the directions:
- Write answers in the answer column.
- After filling in your answers, move around the room and find classmates with answers that match yours.
- Switch papers with classmates who have a matching answer, then sign each other's papers in the signature column.
- Each person can only sign your paper ONE time.
3. After about 20 minutes, or when everyone has gathered as many signatures as possible, ask students to be seated.
4. Invite students to take turns standing and introducing two classmates to the class, making sure to mention at least one fact they learned about them during the activity.
- Distribute the sample Bio Poem to each student.
- Read the sample and have the students follow along silently.
- Tell students how many answers you want them to include for each stem.
- Distribute notebook paper for each student to create his or her own Bio Poem by completing each stem.
- Ask for volunteers to read their poems.
Supporting All Learners
These worksheets are any-level-learner friendly. Make sure you fill out an inventory and walk around meeting your students. You'll be surprised at what you have in common.
Give students a blank Bio Poem to take home for their parents to complete. Offer extra credit to anyone who brings it back completed and signed by a parent, guardian, or older family friend.
- Participate in the Classmate Inventory activity.
- Write a Bio Poem.
- Has some of the students' shyness worn off?
- Are they more willing to speak to each other and to you?
- Have you memorized some names?
- Do you have an idea of who is extroverted and who is introverted?
- Do you now have some idea of who your stronger writers/spellers are?